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on the campaign trail as president obama and mitt romney hunkers down and prepares for wednesday's debate. a new abc news/"washington post" poll shows a very tight race. so both campaigns see tomorrow night as a big opportunity. this presidential campaign has been going on for nearly two years and finally it's debate season for the nominees. the time when americans seem to really start paying attention. president obama's rehearsing with senator john kerry and mitt romney is squaring off against senator rob portman. both candidates have challenges and checklists. president obama's working on shorter answers, trying to avoid sounding like the professor he was before the white house. democrats say he needs to look strong and forceful and not appear irritated or impatient. >> they're trying to get him into the mode of being able to answer questions, short, concisely, and to the point, and so it's much more like his mannerisms and his style and the way he comes across as opposed to information in this. >> reporter: and mitt romney? he has to seem relatable, especially after his 47% comment. how can h
ball, but two, two enormous balls. ha-ha-ha! >> mitt romney won the debate last night, which means president obama lost two fights on his anniversary last night. the president seemed a little bit out of it last night. he had all the enthusiasm of a husband talking to his wife's friends at a dinner party. he kept looking down and frowning. it was like he was trying to find something on apple maps. the only thing that could have salvaged obama's performance is if the body of bin laden could have fell from the ceiling onto the stage. >> obama could have waterboarded alladin, put down blue, deported dora the explorer and won walking away. romney won with the sound off. look up, look up. what are you writing's so important? oh, that's -- that is impressive work. >> oh, my gosh, i love that. >> finally, to another race, one as close as the presidential contest. >> family circle's, cookie bake-off, ann romney's m & m, versus michelle obama's white and dark chocolate chip cookies. >> another waner by 51 pptd 5% to 41.5%, 287 votes, michelle obama takes the sweep. here's a look at the cooki
romney in last week's debate. abc's reena ninan has the details. >> reporter: big byrd took to the high road on "saturday night live." >> before you go, do you have any political statements you'd like to make? >> no, i don't want to ruffle any feathers. >> reporter: but many ruffles were feathered as he was mentioned in the campaign. >> i'm going to stop the subsidy to pbs. i love pbs. i love big bird. i look you too. >> somebody's getting tough on big bird. elmo, you'd better make a run for it. >> reporter: campaign surrogates keeping it alive in the fight over big government spending. >> he's taken the battle straight to "sesame street" and let wall street run hog wild. >> reporter: so was it a mistake targeting america's favorite yellow bird? >> he wasn't targeting. he was just pointing to one example. big byrd is pretty successful. >> reporter: but the truth is the show relies on less than 0.1% of federal funding from federal particulars. after the debate, some 17,000 tweets per minute came in about #bigbird. >> welcome to the middle class, big bird. despite or because of it big bir
six-pack debate by any stretch. there weren't a lot of bright spots for the president. this was romney's night. everyone on both side saying that. one effective thing the president did, pointed out romney is still short on details on a few key things, health care plan, his tax care plan, as well as as frank-dodd. did he score any points as far as romney being a blank canvas? >> there were a few vulnerabilities when you talked about entitlements, tax plans, he has to square these numbers. he dug himself some holes, that the obama campaign can dig him into even more. it's going to be difficult for him to square those things in a future debate. i think there is possible areas of opportunity there. this was not something that even the most dedicated partisans can paint as a good night for president obama. >> you know it's a bad night if opinions are that uniform, huh? >> exactly. the next presidential debate, tuesday, october 16th. >> thank you, rick. >> thanks. >> thank you, guys. >>> our coverage of the debate does not end here. we'll take you live to denver, during "america this morning
who is going to have the best zingers. no, no. governor romney, he's a great debater. >> reporter: the new poll shows him with the razor-thin lead among voters. when voters are asked who they expect to win, 63% of voters told us they think the president will win in november. as for the all important debate, 56% said they expect the president to win. both campaigns deep in debate prep. both trying to lower expectations. >> all right. >> reporter: with one notable exception. republican chris christie telling george, expect a difference race. >> when we get to thursday morning, george, you'll be shaking your head saying it's a brand new race. >> reporter: and if the president argues that romney wants to cut taxes for the rich, christie's response -- >> stop lying. he's saying that the wealthy will pay just as much. >> reporter: romney does say he would eliminate tax cuts across the board, but would lower common deductions, too. with the new poll showing the majority expecting the president to win the debate, the president's focus will be to avoid unforced errors. like president bush
. >> president obama and mitt romney facing off in the first of three debates. abc's karen travers is in denver with a preview. >> reporter: with president obama and mitt romney doing final debate preps, their running mates hit the campaign trail. vice president biden was speaking about romney's economic plans when he said this. >> how they can justify raising taxes on the middle class that's been buried the last four years. >> reporter: republicans call it a stunning admission that the middle class has been hurt by the obama administration's policies. congressman paul ryan pounced. >> of course, the middle class has been buried. they're being buried by regulations. they're being buried by taxes. is they're being buried by borrowing. they're being buried by the obama administrations economic failures. >> reporter: biden later tried to dig himself out. >> the middle class was buried by the policies of romney and the ryan supported. >> reporter: except for debate prep, it was a politics-free day for the presidential contenders. romney had lunch at chipotle while president obama paid a visit to th
to go, a new race. national polls show mitt romney getting a real bounce out of the debate win. we'll have the latest on that ahead. >>> also ahead, we'll have the latest on the escalating meningitis outbreak. the number of cases more than doubling over the weekend to 91. dr. besser joining us with what you need to know right now. >>> and we have some big news for one of our family members, sam. [ applause ] many of you know his fantastic news. over the weekend, do you want to tell, or shall i? >> i -- i drks i -- i was -- i got engaged. [ applause ] >> there's the ring. >> thank you. yeah, thank you very much. and the amazing response from folks all over the country was just incredible for us. and i thank you. and we'll talk about that. >> we have a wedding to plan. >> we got a wedding to plan. >> so excited, sam. we'll talk more about that coming up. >>> that's right, sam is leading off the show because we have freezing weather headlines to talk about. after the third hottest summer on record, the u.s. is getting a quick turnaround with winter-like air. look that snow. so many pe
romney squaring off in that first debate. it's going to be held in denver. today the president is doing prep work in nevada while his challenger travels to denver for a campaign rally. familiar faces from both parties are going to hit the sunday talk shows for a preview. >> president obama's a very gifted -- he's a very gifted speaker. the man's been on the national stage for many years. this is mitt's first time on on this kind a stage. >> but he's got to relax, show a little sense of humor. he's got to show why he's likeable. >> wednesday evening's debate at university of denver will focus on domestic issues. >> yes. >> that ought to be very interesting. >> jobs, economy, health care, et cetera. >> and they'll have a suitcase full of zingers prepared to just hurl back and forth at each other. >> i thought that it was interesting, the expectations. people expect president obama by 2-1 to win the election. that's not necessarily who they're endorsing. whereas if you look at just a year ago, by an 18-point margin, people thought the president would lose. just in a matter of one year. >>
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